Crossroads : India escalate (India Pavilion)
19 May – 11 September 2011
Vernissage - India Pavilion - 18 May 2011
The Prague Biennale, directed by Helena Kontova and Giancarlo Politi is one of the most important art events in Central Europe. Curated by Nicola Trezzi, the 5th edition of the Biennale presents new realities in art, and emerging artists from Europe and around the world. Prague Biennale has pushed its organizers to face amazing challenges, but these constraints represent a move towards new horizons, new solutions, and new exhibiting philosophies.
This year, Prague Biennale 5 introduces for the first time a pavilion dedicated entirely to India, exhibiting 22 established and emerging artists. Titled “Crossroads: India Escalate”, the exhibition is curated by Kanchi Mehta, a curator and art connoisseur from India. The Pavilion is supported by the Indo-European Association of Fashion and Design, as well as MK Search, which is an initiative dedicated to propagate contemporary art from divergent cultures.
The main underlying theme of the exhibition is to reflect the shift in contemporary art and culture practices in India since the last few years. It is the sheer evidence of the changing mindset of the generation, and has become a paradigm for the standing of Indian art internationally. Indian contemporary art is gradually acquiring an important role within the cultures in the global realm, and artists have been boldly inspired by this very transformation. They have been listening, questioning and observing this phenomenon and have developed an aesthetic through which they are documenting it.
A crossroads is "An intersection of two roads, a place where ideas, both physical and abstract converge or diverge." This juncture is a threshold for anyone to make the decisions that lead to transformation of what is left behind, and what is to come.
There are 22 Indian contemporary artists who I have selected to participate in the exhibition. The selection involves established as well as emerging artists who have been producing cutting edge and conceptual works, compounded with several materials and visual languages. They interpret social and economic currents, which question the prevailing issues and are laden with philosophical adaptations of the truth as they see it. Each of the artists selected in this exhibition interpret their intimate perception through a myriad of profound visual languages. From social concerns to personal expression, the artists continue to delve into the labyrinths of their processes to participate and contribute their aesthetic, engaging themselves within the global sphere on equal terms.
Anita Dube, Avinash Veeraraghavan, Charmi Gada Shah, Gig Scaria, Justin Ponmany, Minam Apang, Monali Meher, Nikhil Chopra, PS Jalaja, Ranbir Kaleka, Riyas Komu, Sakshi Gupta, Sarnath Bannerjee, Shah Betancourt, Shine Shivan, Shreyas Karle, Sonia Jose, Sudarshan Shetty, T. Venkanna, Tejal Shah, T.V. Santosh, Vivek Vilasini